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Greek Life


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3 College Freshman

Greek Life: We do not have Greek life, but we have many different societies and sisterhood that are big on campus.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I actually really love that we don't have a greek life on campus - there are lots of alternatives for that sort of scene off-campus.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have greek life, we have societies. Some people are obsessed with getting into a society, but most seem to look down on the whole idea. It's an endless source of low key drama. Most societies advertise themselves as having a specific academic theme (like Classics), but it doesn't sound like they are really involved with their theme and mostly get together to party.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I'm not sure if we actually have Greek life since there is no official sorority on campus. There are only societies!

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not part of the Greek Life, but the people I know in sororities are great people and I might have joined if I had the time.

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There are no traditional Greek social organizations on campus, but Wellesley has its own "societies" that students are welcome to join. Of course, Wellesley students view any kind of exclusive group with suspicion, especially one whose acceptance process requires going to "teas" and schmoozing. And while the stereotype of the Wellesley society girl doesn’t really hold up, the societies end up with a bad rap because there are always a few token members who totter around campus in their Manolos while clutching their Gucci bags.

The societies aren’t very popular on campus, but their parties are usually well attended. First-year students quickly figure out whether these parties are their scene or not, and upperclasswomen take advantage of the free booze. Though students may ridicule the societies as a whole, most members have many friends outside their society. What’s more, the dues that members pay go to funding lectures that the whole campus can attend. So, while mentions of the societies can induce eye-rolling, they’re well integrated into campus life.

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Did You Know?
  • The four societies on campus are: Alpha Phi Sigma Lecture Society, Shakespeare Society, Tau Zeta Epsilon Arts & Music Society, and Zeta Alpha Literary Society.
  • The societies sponsor many lectures on campus. In addition to bringing speakers themselves, they contribute funding to academic departments and organizations that wish to hold lectures.

Student Polls

What is Greek life's role in the campus social scene?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Greek life is pretty big. You don't have to join to enjoy the parties, but you might want to consider it.
  • 8% Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.
  • 0% Greek life is huge-you're no one if you're not Greek.
  • 21% Greek life is pretty low-key and has little effect on the social scene.
  • 71% We don't have Greek life.

What is the general attitude of non-Greeks toward Greeks?    Based on 24 responses

  • 0% Most non-Greeks think Greeks do great things for the community.
  • 58% Most non-Greeks are indifferent about Greeks.
  • 12% Non-Greeks think Greeks are only good for the parties they throw.
  • 29% Non-Greeks see Greeks as snobby and cliquey.

How difficult is it to get into a fraternity or sorority?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% Very easy.
  • 9% Somewhat easy.
  • 65% Somewhat difficult.
  • 26% Very difficult.
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